Fibres and Finishes
RDD offers jersey fabrics in natural fibres, including organic and recycled alternatives; as well as new age artificial fibres or recycled synthetics.
Abacá Fibres, also known as “Manilla Hemp”, are an 100% biodegradable material that’s extracted from the leaf sheath around the trunk of the abaca plant, a section otherwise considered waste. These are one of the strongest natural fibres in the world, besides being very flexible and lightweight , although they’re also known for their weather, water and flame resistance. Good quality Abaca Fibres distinguish themselves for a lustrous light colour, being easy to dye and very able to mix with other fibres.
Banana fibres can be extracted from different parts of the banana stems, resulting in distinctive results: tougher (outer layer) or soft and smooth (inner layer).The banana fibre is produced from waste and biodegradable, can be used as vegan alternative to silk, since it is strong, lightweight, breathable, water and fire resistant, and it both dyes and dries easily.
Strong and durable, less stretchy than similar fibres, and with antibacterial
abilities, good absorbency and are capable of UV protection.
Natural colours range from creamy white, shades of brown, grey, black or green.
Production wise, the hemp grows extremely fast, it can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land.
Produced from the hair-like fibres that surround the seeds of the Kapok tree, which grows wild without the need of human intervention.Kapok fibres are smooth, lightweight and have a silk-like luster, biodegradable, moisture-resistant, quick-drying, insulant, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
Plant fibres far stronger than cotton and finer/silkier than other bast fibres (flax, hemp, jute, etc.). Nettle plants are ecologically sustainable, requiring far less water, no chemical pesticides or fertilization. Nettle yarns are similar to linen but stronger (even more if wet), being ideal to more structured garments; they can also be mercerized and are biodegradable.
Organic Cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment, allowing maintenance of soil fertility. reducing the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and building and contributing to a biologically diverse agriculture.
Thir-party certification organizations verify the actions and resulting products of organic cotton producers.
Leaf fibres obtained from the waste of pineapple harvesting.By removing the leaves from the plant, which can only bear fruit once then dies, there is a use of material that would otherwise be burnt or landfilled.The result is a 100% biodegradable renewable fibre, that is lightweight, soft and glossy yet resistant and a good insulator.
A new age fibre made from bamboo, a plant that grows extremely fast with no need of irrigation or pesticides (consuming 1/3 less water than cotton), by extracting its cellulose using chemical-free organic solvents, to produce via a closed-loop process, a 100% biodegradable fibre that is soft and silky, yet strong and durable. This fibre is also characterized for being: absorbent, antibacterial, thermoregulating, and hypoallergenic; powerful properties, especially for those with sensitive skin, allergies, acne, eczema or other skin problems.
New virgin TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres, used to make fabrics and garments, that come from the upcycling of a substantial proportion of cotton scraps; e.g. from garment production, in addition to wood pulp.
SeaCell™ is a fibre with unique properties of seaweed that protect the skin against harmful environmental influences: the seaweed is rich in substances (such as vitamins, trace elements, amino acids and minerals) that help activate cell regeneration, which in turn can help relieve skin diseases, reduce inflammation and soothe itchiness. Its high level of antioxidants protects the skin against harmful free radicals which damage our skin cells.
TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres are extracted from sustainability grown wood using a unique closed loop system which recovers and reuses the solvents used, minimizing the environmental impact of production. Known for their natural comfort, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres are versatile and can be combined with a wide range of textile fibers to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of fabrics. Its unique physical properties result in great strength, efficient moisture absorption and gentleness to skin.
Valérius 360 works towards a more circular industry, by recycling textile cutting waste, overproduction outcome and unsold stocks - originated from partner brands and from internal manufacturing units – which are then used to produce high quality sustainable yarns, jersey fabrics, and finished garments, with output compositions like Recycled Cotton/Organic Cotton, Recycled Cotton/Tencel™ or Recycled Cotton/SeaCell™.
Circulose® is a ‘dissolving pulp’ – a product used to make different ‘man-made cellulosic fibres’ such as viscose, lyocell, modal or acetate - 100% made from discarded cotton textiles instead of wood. Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer in the planet - an integral element of trees and plants - which can be found, on its purest natural form, in Cotton fibresFibres made from Circulose® are equivalent to virgin fibres, so they can be used on their own or blended with other fibres, depending on preference.
A bio-based fibre made from castor oil extracted from a not-for-feeding plant that grows spontaneously (not requiring high amounts of water nor subtracts arable land for food uses).
EVO® is an ultralightweight fibre, with odour-control, thermo-isolation and extra rapid drying abilities.
A unique yarn that that also eliminates all toxic and unidentified chemicals for a safe continuous cycle, even at end-of-life, degrading in the environment without releasing any harmful substance.
Colorifix produces colours via an innovative process that extracts information from DNA databases and introduces pigment-producing genetic sequences into microorganisms, making them capable of effectively generating and fixating colour onto textiles.
RDD Textiles was the first chosen partner in the world to scale up this process for industry and production.
- Uses no acids, no solvents, no alkalis;
- Less 90% of water and chemicals consumption;
- Saves more than 20% of energy; Less 90% of waste production;
- A highly efficient and cost-effective process.
Both natural and synthetic fibres can be dyed at 37ºC and there is no need for fixing agents, also avoiding heavy metals and petrochemicals used on the conventional dyes.
Eco.black is made through the processing of wood waste into innovative high performing true black pigments.
With a closed-loop production, that emits zero greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, Eco.black is not only a sustainable but also a safer alternative, containing less 90-100% Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH’s), a chemical compound often linked with carcinogenic effects, than the more commonly used petroleum-based black.
Eco.black pigments are suitable for a wide range of applications, with numerous dispersions, and are also compatible with nearly every printing and coating formulas without requiring any particular technology to be produced, which makes them an easy substitute for harmful pigments.
Food Textile proposes a new way to solve food loss (discarded, incinerated or otherwise disposed of food along the food supply chain), extracting ingredients from food companies disposed of vegetable waste and using them to make dyes.
The pigments in use result from vegetables and fruits - such as red turnip or blueberries - and other safe food products - like coffee or juniper- that otherwise would be thrown away.
A single food product can generate dyes of multiple colours which can be applied to raw cotton, thread, fabric and finished products. 90% of dyes’ ingredients have a natural source - their gentle colours are proof of the minimal use of chemical dyes - these hold fast and are long-lasting, having passed colour-fastness tests, assuring that they will keep.
Hemp Black/eco6 is a first in class carbon-negative alternative to traditional petroleum-based carbon black that is produced from the carbonization of hemp: a sustainable, rapidly renewable resource.
This dyeing alternative utilizes hemp stalks, grown and harvested at certified growing farms in the United States, that undergo a patented process, where they’re carbonized at extremely high temperatures.
The resulting organic activated carbon, is lightweight, low density, and conductive, with limitless integration opportunities in high-performance textile, industrial, and fashion products.
miDori® is a sustainable range of textile finishes based in natural, renewable and biodegradable ingredients, essentially bio-oils extracted from plants, microalgae or biowaste streams, without using any toxic chemicals, reducing carbon and water footprints, the use of energy due the removal of fossil fuels.
PPRMINT™ is PANGAIA's trademarked anti-stink technology that covers each fabric fiber with natural peppermint oil, which is antibacterial, antimicrobial and odorless.
Peppermint Oil is a durable odour control finish resultant of a plant extract that prevents the growth of odour-causing bacteria, inserted in a formula that facilitates its application to textiles. This capability results in a significant less number of washes, contributing to an expansion of a product’s lifetime,
A revolutionary patent-pending sustainable dyestuffs range, that employs recycled used clothing, fibrous material and textile scraps.
Available in many colours, RECYCROM uses innovative technology that dyes fabrics with coloured powder 100% made from pulverized textile scraps. This process uses 100% of recycled textile materials - without needing the add of any new pigments or dyestuffs.
RECYCROM can be applied to Cotton, Wool, Linen, Polyamide and other natural fibres and blends, using any of the following techniques: exhaustion dyeing, dipping, spray, and screen-printing.
More info: https://recycrom.com/